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Orthodontist vs. Dentist - Masri Orthodontics : Get the Smile You Deserve

What is Orthodontics? This is a specific area of dentistry that specializes in diagnosing, preventing and treating dental and facial issues, the most common, “straightening of crooked teeth”. In layman’s terms, the area of dentistry that deals with a “bad bite” also known in the dental profession as “malocclusion”.

ORTHODONTICS & DENTOFACIAL ORTHOPEDICS: is the dental specialty that includes the diagnosis, prevention, interception, and correction of malocclusion, as well as neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities of the developing or mature orofacial structures, as defined on the ADA.org.

In order to provide successful orthodontic treatment the dentist must be very skilled at using different types of corrective applications. They must be able to bring the teeth and jaw into proper alignment which requires an in depth understanding of how different corrective appliances work.

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What’s the difference from a general dentist?

A qualified orthodontic specialist must first receive his/her doctorate in general dentistry – the same as your family dentist. Then, they must complete an additional two to three years of graduate training in orthodontics at an American Dental Association approved, university affiliated program. As a specialist, the orthodontist limits his/her practice exclusively to orthodontic treatments. If a dental practitioner is practicing general dentistry and providing orthodontic services, he/she is not an approved specialist in orthodontics.

The American Board of Orthodontics is the only orthodontic specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association, and less than 20 percent of orthodontists are board certified. Dr. Masri is Board Certified.

Training:

Getting admitted to dental school requires that you first complete three to four years of undergraduate college education. Because gaining acceptance into a dental school is fiercely competitive, maintaining a strong grade point average while you are in college is necessary. While a bachelor’s degree is not strictly required, it is a credential that significantly increases an applicant’s chances of being admitted to a dental school.

One must score well on the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) before being admitted into a dental program, which usually takes three to five years to complete. Doing well on the DAT helps dental schools determine whether or not one will succeed in dental school. Dental school courses are made up of advanced science classes, clinical work, and laboratory classes. During the last two years of dental school, clinical treatment is emphasized, and students give supervised treatment to patients at a university dental clinic. Graduates receive a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree.

This degree qualifies you to work as a general dentist. To become an orthodontist, however, you will be required to continue in your schooling. Postgraduate programs, which are accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation, may last from two to three years. Gaining acceptance to a postgraduate program in orthodontics is also competitive. Therefore, it is critical that you maintain a high grade point average during dental school.

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What Sets Masri Orthodontics Apart from Other Area Orthodontic Facilities

Hundreds of Michigan residents choose Masri Orthodontics every year for their orthodontic needs. Masri Orthodontics is chosen time and time again as a provider of braces and appliances by the greater Detroit community because:

  • We offer faster Treatment Times
    • Most Technologically Advanced Orthodontic Treatments
  • You will Feel at Ease Throughout Treatment
    • Knowledgeable Staff
    • Caring and Friendly Environment
  • We provide More Affordable Treatment
    • Flexible Payment Plans
    • We Accept All Traditional Insurances
  • With our services you will never Miss an Appointment Again
    • Convenient Location; off I-96
    • Automated Phone and Email Reminders
    • Flexible Scheduling with Work and School